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Mesothelioma Prognosis and Treatment

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that produces malignant cancer cells in the lining of the chest or pleura, the abdominal passage (the peritoneum), or the lining around the heart. The likelihood of contracting mesothelioma increases if the patient has been exposed to amounts of asbestos or other lung irritants. Most of these unfortunate cases come about without the patient even knowing they were exposed to such lung irritants and contracting this form of cancer without much preventable wisdom to avert its onset.

A mesothelioma prognosis is the prediction of the disease or how it would progress. People that were exposed to asbestos or other lung irritants in the 1940’s and onward are just not being diagnosed with mesothelioma because of its slower onset and because of the long latency period of this particular for of disease.

The prognosis for mesothelioma often depends on how early it was diagnosed and how assertively the disease is treated. Obviously the earlier the disease is caught, the better the mesothelioma prognosis is for a full and complete recovery.

Research is being conducted at various medical institutions as to a possible cure or treatment for mesothelioma. At the moment, there is a variety of mesothelioma treatment options available for patients. Some of the more common treatment options include surgery (the tissue of the affected area is removed or cut out, sometimes involving a removal of part of the organ), radiation treatment (involves radiation treatment to kill off the cancerous cells), and chemotherapy (the use of drugs in the body used to eradicate the cancerous cells).

The precise type of surgical procedure used as a mesothelioma treatment is known as “pneumonectomy”. A pneumonectomy involves removal of the diseased lung or part of the diaphragm. As expected, there is a high risk factor involved with a pneumonectomy and its practicability depends on the patient’s overall health and conditioning.

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